Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South started the legislative session by tabling a bill to restore some fairness to property tax assessments.
If adopted, Coon’s bill to amend the Assessment Act would remove the exemption for crude oil storage tanks, as well as for industrial machinery and equipment in heavy industry.
“The exemption for crude oil storage tanks was created in response to the 1979 oil crisis, which ended decades ago,” said Coon. “And a recent report prepared for the Saint John Common Council indicated that removing exemptions for heavy industry on machinery and equipment would ensure it pays its fair share of property taxes.
“For example, property tax revenue from heavy industry in Saint John represents only 8% of its tax base. The Saint John Regional Hospital pays almost twice the property tax paid by the refinery. The McAllister Mall pays far more property tax than the Irving pulp and paper mill. The Conference Board of Canada found that New Brunswick has one of lowest burdens of net business taxes in the country,” said Coon
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18 October 2017
For Immediate Release
Statement by the Green Party Leader during Autism Awareness Month
Fredericton – David Coon, Leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South made the following statement in recognition of Autism Awareness Month:
“Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological disorder estimated to affect one in 94 children in Canada between six to nineyears old, and those numbers are rising. New Brunswick is known for its inclusive education and early behavioral intervention for pre-school aged children with ASD. The problem is that when youth leave the public school system, the services they have been provided drop off.”
“October is Autism Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to remind our government that we need to be investing in affordable, specialized support for adults with autism.”
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Donna Linton: Coordinator of the Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County elected by the members in St. Croix
Saint Stephen, October 3rd, 2017
'' Donna Linton has spent much of her career serving families in Charlotte County, and they know she will bring her profound commitment to them to the Legislative Assembly as their MLA," said David Coon, leader of the Green party and MLA for Fredericton South.
Donna had this to say about her nomination: ''
Donna Linton is the fifth Green party candidate to be nominated. The next nomination meeting will occur on November 20th at the Kinsmen Club of Fredericton. Media Advisory to follow.
Saint John, September 27th, 2017
Wayne Dryer, strong voice for fair taxation elected by party members in Saint John Harbour
'' Wayne Dryer has devoted his life to serving others. All people of St. John Harbour will have a real voice in the Legislative Assembly should the choose Wayne as their representative, and in doing so they will have elected a true parliamentarian, " said David Coon, leader of the Green party and MLA for Fredericton South.
Wayne Dryer had this to say about his nomination: '' The Green Party is a principled, revolutionary movement that has its roots in its concern with the environment. It has evolved into a party that recognizes that you cannot take care of the environment without making fundamental changes to the very democratic process through which these decisions about the environment are being made. The Green Party is about doing politics differently.''
Ryan Lanigan our second nominee congratulated Dryer. "Thank you to everyone who attended this evening and showed their support; it was greatly appreciated. Congratulations to Wayne and I look forward to working with you and David in preparation for 2018."
Dryer is the fourth Green party candidate to be nominated. The next nomination meeting will occur on October 3th at the St. Croix Vineyard Church in St. Stephen. Media Advisory to follow.
Fredericton, September 27th, 2017
Media Advisory - Two entrepreneurs are seeking the nominations for Saint John Harbour
Fredericton - The nomination meeting for the Saint John Harbour riding will take place on September 27th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Social Enterprise Hub located on 139 Prince Edward Street in Saint-John. David Coon, leader of the Green Party and MLA for Fredericton South, will be present to support the nominees.
Seeking nomination for Saint John Harbour are Wayne Dryer and Ryan Lanigan.
Wayne is an entrepreneur and partner of Thera Ped. He is also a pastor of Germain St. United Baptist Church where he realized that the problems facing individuals in his community could only be resolved by addressing the social and political structural issues that created them. He became involved in poverty reduction strategies, social housing, the opposition to the LNG terminal and in advocating for an alternative to the P3 funding model for Saint John’s water treatment system. In recent years he has been a strong opponent of the unjust tax concessions enjoyed by some large corporations in New Brunswick which are contributing to the financial difficulties the province is experiencing.
Ryan has worked throughout the province of New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada in numerous industries as a business development representative. He has seen firsthand and worked with those who are the backbone of our economy, while also providing innovative solutions for these organizations and their facilities. He has partaken in the successes of productive environmental policies and as a result, he was able to experience the economic growth that comes with it. Over the past decade, Ryan has been involved with the Saint John Trojans Rugby Football Club and the rugby community in New Brunswick.
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Fredericton – On Friday, September 15th, the International Day of Democracy, David Coon, leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick and MLA for Fredericton South, will officially launch his educational video series: Legicate Yourself.
“Most people don’t understand that the main function of our provincial parliament, the Legislative Assembly, is to exercise control over government action. It is the seat of our democracy, and the one institution designed to ensure political accountability. To ensure the Legislature is effectively carrying out this mandate, it is essential that New Brunswickers understand how our parliamentary system of democracy is supposed to function. That is why I produced this video series,” said Coon.
Legicate Yourself is a light-hearted, educational three part video series created by St. Thomas University social work students during the fall of 2016 as part of their social action internship in Coon’s office. Coon is promoting the series to middle and high school principals and vice principals across the province as an educational resource available to teachers.
The series examines:
Written by Marilyn Merritt-Gray, Candidate in Gagetown-Petitcodiac
The Liberal Health Minister Victor Boudreau’s plan to dramatically restructure New Brunswick’s Public Health Program flies in the face of advice from Canadian Public Health experts and poses a significant threat to our health and our economy.
An Editorial in the Canadian Journal of Public Health (2017) penned by seven Public Health leaders from across the country, expressed alarm at the “growing weakness in the country’s Public Health infrastructure” and suggests “we are at a crisis point”. The experts identify 4 key problems with current government structural approaches to Public Health that when taken together constitute a crisis. The Health Minister’s announced plan to organizationally restructure the office of the NB Chief Officer of Health, effective immediately, will target and threatens to make worse, each of the problem areas identified by these experts.
These experts are calling for the Office of the Chief Medical Health officer to have the same level of authority and independence as provincial Auditor Generals. They are calling for governments to ‘ringfence’ Public Health staff and thereby not integrate them with other departments and or primary care health programs. They are calling for governments to raise the level of health funding designated exclusively to public health services. The Minister’s announcement last week is in direct opposition to this advice and thereby threatens New Brunswick’s health and economic security.
Should we as New Brunswickers care about this? Is Public Health Programming really that important? Why? History has taught us that nothing can dismantle an economy and population faster than a public health crisis; take Toronto’s experience with SARS fifteen years ago and the more recent Zika crisis in Brazil.
Public health programs have existed in Canada and New Brunswick since before 1900, initially targeting Cholera, sanitation issues, Small Pox, and Typhoid. Public health policy then shifted to Influenzas, maternal and child health, nutritional and food safety, tuberculosis, auto accidents and tobacco. Then in the 1950s public health programs shifted again to cover environmental contamination and birth control, while still dealing with persistent and evolving infectious diseases. Public health has always focused on the health of full populations, staying ahead of health threats, ensuring public health emergency preparedness and response, and in recent years, increased focus has needed to highlight and address population health inequities and environmental health risks. In order to do this work a specialized team of health professionals is needed and they need to have the capacity to not only advise but redirect Ministerial government decisions at a time of crisis.
Canadian experts call for 4-5% of every provincial Health budget to be devoted to public health programing. Back in 2014 New Brunswick devoted less than 2% of its Health funding to these programs. Minister Boudreau says his plan for restructuring will not reduce resources further, however as time passes normal attrition may result in increased departmental ‘efficiencies’.
With public health programs underfunded it is now more important than ever for existing services to remain centralized in order to work effectively as a highly expert and nimble planning and operational team. A surgeon cannot perform surgery efficiently and effectively without a well-resourced, devoted specialty team of health professionals. In the same way that the surgeon relies on specialized surgical nurses and anesthetists, so too does the Chief Medical Officer of Health rely on the specialized efforts of public health personnel. The shift toward integrating these staff into other departments jeopardizes the viability of the specialty team to do its work.
So why would the Liberal government recommend such a dramatic restructuring of the NB public health programs operated by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health? The Minister says the restructuring is not being done to save money. So why do this to an already under resourced department? The move could be a symptom of the Liberal government ideology, taking the advice of an administrative consultant, over the advice of professional experts. It could be a step to reduce the mandate of the office before making the Chief Medical Officer independent from government. No matter the reason for the restructuring this is a bad decision for New Brunswickers, posing a significant threat to our health and economy.
Marilyn Merritt-Gray is a nurse and lifelong advocate for rural health services. She is the Green Party Candidate for Gagetown-Petitcodiac
John Sabine: Vice-chairman of the SNB Forest Products Marketing Board acclaimed by party members in Hampton
'' I am pleased that John will be running as a Green for a second time. He is committed to his community and is a tireless advocate for rural New Brunswick in fighting the injustice on behalf of woodlot owners in southern New Brunswick," said David Coon, leader of the Green party and MLA for Fredericton South. "The people of Hampton would be well served by John Sabine as their MLA."
John Sabine had this to say about his nomination: “ New Brunswickers deserve an open, honest and transparent government. Not the self-serving, patronage filled corruption we have been receiving for decades by successive Liberal and Conservative governments.''
Sabine is the third Green party candidate to be nominated. The next nomination meeting will occur on September 18th at the St. Croix Vineyard Church in St. Stephen. Media Advisory to follow.
Media Advisory - Vice-chairman of the SNB Forest Products Marketing Board is seeking nomination in Hampton
Fredericton - The nomination meeting for the Hampton riding will take place on September 7th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hampton Curling Club, located at 48 Cemetary Rd, Hampton, E5N 3B2. David Coon, leader of the Green Party and MLA for Fredericton South, will be present to support the nominee.
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